December 27, 2006

Dr. David Drew

P.O. Box 7352 York, PAI 7408


Dear Dr. Drew,

I received your letter of December 20, 2006, requesting my authorizing a priest to administer the sacrament of Confirmation to twelve children at Saints Peter and Paul mission. I appreciate your understanding that I do not believe such authorization/delegation would be appropriate.

You may be familiar with the news speculations about the anticipated  "motu proprio" of our Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, regarding the traditional Latin Mass. At this point, I do not know the decisions of the Holy Father on this matter.

Our Sunday and holy day traditional Latin Masses are now back at the beautiful Saint Lawrence Chapel. The beautiful restoration of Saint Patrick Cathedral is complete. I hope you have a chance to visit.

May our Lord bless you with His abundant grace during this holy season of Christmas.


Sincerely yours in Christ,

Most Reverend Kevin C. Rhoades Bishop of Harrisburg